Then There Was The Voice Of God
Listening to conversations leading up to the new year, I found that they weren’t driven by the normal chit chat of keeping resolutions and sticking to gym memberships but a basic question, “Where’s God in all this chaos?” And as we chalked off another year trying to navigate the virus’s spread, we wonder if our good intentions, dashed hopes, and distant dreams will gain enough momentum for us to put them into action this new year and create everything that is bubbling on the inside of us. Oh yes, we wonder, pray, and ponder, but then there was the voice of God.
Genesis chapter one verse one starts with a profound introduction. ‘In the beginning, God created everything: the heavens above and the earth below. Here’s what happened: At first the earth lacked shape and was empty, and a dark fog draped over the deep while God’s spirit-wind hovered over the surface of the empty waters. Then there was the voice of God.’
The Message Bible describes the earth as a “soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness”. And yet, through this dark turmoil and disorder that enveloped the barren void, God’s Spirit hovered over the emptiness, over the chaos, over the confusion and started to construct, to create, to build. Each word God spoke closed the gap between chaos and order.
Imagine with me if you will, the moment “Let there be light” was announced, causing vibrations through the gloom. The voice of God created a thunderous crack, flashing into the darkness as the glare of a light beam burst its way through like the brilliance of the sun. Like an artist painting bold, broad brushstrokes over a blank canvas, the wind of God’s spirit hovered over the chaos, creating, formulating, and constructing as He expresses His creativity with every brush stroke. The very essence of His thoughts and ideas that were deep on the inside of Him, shaping and moulding the blankness, the disorder into something beautiful and good.
Through the inky black hole of nothingness, in the beginning, there was the voice of God creating, moulding, shaping.
The Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 12:12 to not give up in times of trouble, but to commune with God at all times. Prayer builds relationships and communion with God is where we can find peace in the chaos, direction in the emptiness and hope in the void. Our words are so important during these turbulent days of this pandemic. Donald Miller believes words are important and points out that, “Words build worlds. Every manmade thing started with one person talking to another. How are you using your words? To create or confuse?”
Then there was the voice of God creating beautiful and good in the confusion, in the chaos, in the nothingness.
We pray and we listen. We position ourselves to hear the voice of God. We feel His presence when He speaks to our void, our vacant spaces. He takes us on a journey and shares His dreams for our lives, His plans, His purpose and takes our mistakes that lack shape, He takes our inadequacy, our loss, our sinful ways, and moulds them into something beautiful and good. When we listen and let the voice of God build our dreams, they take on new contours and curves. If we surrender to God’s purposes for our lives, our dashed hopes that have been emptied from so many disappointments will have the spirit-wind hovering over them, creating something beautiful and good within our chaos, and over our circumstances, into our lives.
The voice of God changes everything. And yet, we need to listen. We need to let Him speak into our “soup of nothingness” and allow Him to create something beautiful and good with our lives. There’s is so much confusion in the world right now, why let your words add to the turmoil?
When you start to commune with God. When you start to pray, sure your words will feel clunky, like they lack shape and feel empty. However, the good news is that creating isn’t all on you because in that dark fog God’s spirit-wind hovers over the emptiness you’re feeling and He’s waiting to speak. So, be still, wait and listen because then there was the voice of God.
Do you feel like chaos surrounds you right now?
I pray today, that you will quieten down the noise surrounding you and listen to the still, small voice of God. And I pray that through the surrender, through the time you commune, you pray, you connect with the Creator of the sun, moon, stars, and planets, you will allow Him to breathe His wonderful spirit-wind into your nothingness and start to create something beautiful and good.